Defence and Security Accelerator comes to Cranfield

The UK Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced that it will use Cranfield University as a hub for its operations in the East of England.

DASA finds and funds exploitable innovation which supports UK defence and security faster and more effectively whilst creating economic value. DASA’s mission is to create strategic advantage for the United Kingdom through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world.  DASA has cross-government support including from the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, and the Armed Forces.

DASA funding competitions turn ideas into front line products and services used by service personnel and emergency responders. Tim Higginson, a DASA Innovation Partner, will work regularly from the University’s Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC).

Tim Higginson, Innovation Partner with the Defence and Security Accelerator, said: “Getting closer to suppliers is an important priority for DASA as we develop our outreach. Cranfield University is recognised internationally for the quality of its research and development across a breadth of defence and security interests, and having a base here will enable us to better support the next generation of exciting technologies from the university and companies in the surrounding area”.

Dr Simon Harwood, Director of Defence and Security at Cranfield University, said: “Both Cranfield and DASA have similar priorities in terms of fostering innovation and we are delighted that they will be using CUBIC as a hub for their activities.”

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